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February 13, 2016, 6:00 AM

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Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Apple is backing Vital Signs, a six-episode scripted television series starring Dr. Dre, likely to be distributed via Apple Music  —  Dr. Dre Filming Apple's First Scripted Television Series (Exclusive)  —  ‘Vital Signs,’ the technology giant's inaugural original …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
4-inch iPhone 5se & iPad Air 3 planned to go on sale March 18th  —  Apple is currently on target to start selling its next iPhone and iPad models the same week that the new products are introduced in March.  Apple is currently planning to introduce a new 4-inch iPhone dubbed the “iPhone 5se” …
Anil Sabharwal / Google Photos Blog:
Google will retire Picasa to focus on Google Photos: web albums will automatically migrate starting May 1, desktop app won't be supported after March 15  —  Moving on from Picasa  —  Since the launch of Google Photos, we've had a lot of questions around what this means for the future of Picasa.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
AT&T preparing to test 5G technologies in Austin, Texas by the end of the year  —  AT&T to run field trials of 5G wireless in Austin this year  —  AT&T announced today it will being field trials of faster 5G wireless technology this summer in Austin, Texas.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Congress passes bill permanently barring state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet  —  CONGRESS GIVES FINAL OK TO BANNING LOCAL INTERNET TAXES  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
YouTube Acquires BandPage For $8M To Attract Musicians With Money-Making Tools  —  YouTube wants to win the love of musicians by solving their biggest problem: how to turn popularity into cash.  So today it announced it's acquired BandPage, a startup that helps artists show off and sell concert tickets …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
ISPs want “flexible” privacy rules that let them “innovate” with customer data  —  ISPs should be able to choose how they protect customer data, they tell FCC.  —  Broadband industry lobby groups urged the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday not to impose privacy rules that dictate …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Security researchers spot re-used code, passwords, and obfuscation methods from Sony hack, indicating original hackers are still active  —  Evidence Suggests the Sony Hackers Are Alive and Well and Still Hacking  —  TENERIFE, Spain—The massive hack against Sony in late 2014 was sudden and loud.

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